Dance of the cobra - this name draws in the head, a picture of a snake charmer with a pipe and a dancing cobra from a basket. For us, this is an exotic performance, a risky trick and an indescribable sensation. And for any inhabitant of India, this is a common performance in city squares and at the same time a real art for professionals.
Bede or Snake Charmer is one of the oldest and most amazing professions in India. The art of charming snakes dates back to ancient Egypt. The popularity of this profession has increased in the 20th century. And it has become widely used to attract tourists to India. Sheikh Moussa of Luxor is considered one of the finest snake charmers today. There is even a special conference for snake charmers, where representatives of an amazing profession gather. During the conference, they perform amazing tricks, but what delights the audience the most, they say, is the dance of the cobra.
At the same time, the most interesting thing is that the cobra does not dance, since it is completely deaf to the sounds of a pipe. From the side,
it seems that she moves in the melody of the pipe, but in fact she simply follows the movements of the pipe, in addition, she reacts to the vibration that is created by the caster during the game by tapping her foot on the ground. This is how the illusion of dance is created, which fascinates people. In addition, a pipe is used to train snakes, or rather blows with a pipe. As a result, during the performance, the snake grows old to avoid the pipe, which creates an additional illusion of a "musical number".
And by the way, nothing threatens the life of the masters of this profession during a musical performance, since all the poison from the teeth of the cobra is removed in advance. Therefore, it is possible to say with accuracy the cobra does not have a musical ear and does not dance.